Monthly Archives: March 2011

Lead #1 – “The Green Light in Great Gatsby”

Working notes – Lead #1 “The Green Light in Great Gatsby” (posted Blackboard in Feb.) Student Learning Objective: Students will examine works of literature through various “lenses” such as close reading with focus on various interpretations of possible symbols and … Continue reading

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Lead #4 – Frost’s “Never Again Would Bird’s Song be the Same”

Lead 4 – Frost’s “Never Again Would Bird’s Song be the Same” Learning Outcomes With a close reading of the poem, students will identify the rhyme scheme and meter of this sonnet; interpret the speaker, situation, and meaning; and examine … Continue reading

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Just What’s a “Bricoleur” Anyway?

In “Opening Spaces of Possibility: The Teacher as Bricoleur,” Mary Ann Reilly explains this term, clarifies the concept, and relates an effective example of bricolage in today’s English classroom. She shows how in real life the lines separating genres such … Continue reading

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Our Leadership is Insane (or why I need the serenity prayer)

Scant weeks after President Obama approved budget cuts eliminating funding for education programs in this country, including the National Writing Project, Reading is Fundamental, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and Teach for America,” his wife Michelle Obama announced … Continue reading

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Grieving Low Student Achievement

Grieving Low Student Achievement http://chronicle.com/article/The-4-Stage-Response-to-Low/126527/ In his article “The 4-Stage Response to Low Student Achievement” John Lemuel describes the range of responses—a “grieving process” of sorts—that academics experience in response to the underachievement of students in their undergraduate classrooms: “First, … Continue reading

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There is No Joy in Mudville

Not-so-mighty Ted has struck out. (google it if you’re too young to get the reference). While the professor made encouraging comments at the end of class about how good we are doing on assimilating, supposedly processing, and regurgitating both Scholes … Continue reading

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